Cystoscopic temporary ureteral catheterization during radical vaginal and abdominal trachelectomy.
ABSTRACT To describe the role of temporary retrograde ureteral catheterization at the time of fertility-sparing radical vaginal or abdominal trachelectomy in women with early-stage cervical cancer.
We analyzed a prospectively maintained database of all patients with cervical cancer who were explored for radical vaginal or abdominal trachelectomy at our institution. Cystourethroscopy and ureteral catheterization were performed prior to the vaginal or abdominal operation in all patients, except two pediatric ones. Temporary bilateral retrograde ureteral catheters were planned for all patients as part of our routine procedure to facilitate identification of the distal ureters. 5Fr whistle-tip or open-ended catheters were used and usually advanced to approximately 20 cm. Catheters were removed at the end of the operation in all cases. All catheters were inserted by a gynecologic oncology fellow or attending.
Between 11/01 and 12/05, 40 patients were taken to the operating room for planned fertility-sparing radical vaginal or abdominal trachelectomy. We previously reported on two pediatric patients; they are excluded from this report. The median age for adult patients was 32 years (mean, 31.6; range, 23-40). International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) stage included IB1 (26), IA2 (6), and IA1 with lymphovascular invasion (6). Thirty-four patients underwent radical vaginal trachelectomy and four underwent a radical abdominal trachelectomy. Two (5%) of 38 patients required immediate completion radical hysterectomy due to extensive endocervical disease (one in the vaginal group and one in the abdominal group). Bilateral ureteral catheters were inserted successfully in 37 (97%) of 38 patients and facilitated identification of the distal ureter during the dissection. In one case, the right ureteral orifice could not be successfully catheterized, and the case was completed with unilateral catheterization. The estimated time to perform this part of the operation was approximately 15-20 min. Twenty-eight patients (74%) had 5Fr whistle-tip ureteral catheters inserted, and 10 had open-ended catheters inserted. There were no intraoperative complications. Median hospital stay was 3 days (range, 3-7). Hematuria, evident in the drainage bag attached to the Foley catheter, usually resolved in 24-48 h. Two (20%) of 10 patients who had open-ended catheters inserted developed a transient rise in postoperative creatinine (1.7 and 3.5 mg/dl, respectively) compared to 0/28 patients who had whistle-tip catheters placed (P<0.001). Both were attributed to postoperative distal ureteral edema, and only one patient required reinsertion of temporary ureteral stents. No patient developed long-term urinary complications or fistulae.
Cystourethroscopy and bilateral retrograde ureteral catheterization by gynecologic oncologists is a simple and quick procedure that may facilitate identifying the distal ureter during radical vaginal or abdominal trachelectomy. We favor using 5Fr whistle-tip catheters as they may be associated with less ureteral mucosal trauma and subsequent postoperative edema. The skills needed for this procedure should be available to fellows in gynecologic oncology training.
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ABSTRACT: Nowadays cervical cancer is diagnosed in many women who still want to have children. This led to the need to provide fertility-sparing treatments. The main goal is to maintain reproductive ability without decreasing overall and recurrence-free survival. In this article, we review data on procedures for fertility preservation, namely, vaginal and abdominal trachelectomy, less invasive surgery and neoadjuvant chemotherapy. For each one, oncological and obstetrical outcomes are analyzed. Comparing to traditionally offered radical hysterectomy, the overall oncologic safety is good, with promising obstetrical outcomes.International journal of surgical oncology. 01/2012; 2012:936534.
Article: Combined percutaneous and transurethral lithotripsy for forgotten ureteral stents with giant encrustation.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Ureteral stents are widely used in many urologic practices. However, stents can cause significant complications including migration, fragmentation, and encrustation and it may possibly be forgotten. Successful management of a retained, encrusted stent requires combined endourological approaches. To present our experience with the approaches for treating forgotten ureteral stents associated with giant stone formation. Seventy four patients with forgotten ureteral stents were managed by different open (nephrolithotomy and/or cystolithotomy), or endoscopic procedures in our center. Among these, 11 patients had severe encrustation (stones larger than 35 mm within the bladder or kidney) and seven patients of this group, presented at our department between July 2007 and December 2010. Combined endourological procedures percutaneous nephrolithotripsy (PCNL), cystolithotripsy (CLT), transurethral lithotripsy (TUL) were performed in one or 2 separate sessions. In these 7 patients the whole of the stents, especially both ends were encrusted. Initially, cystolithotripsy, retrograde ureteroscopy and TUL were performed in the dorsal lithotomy position. Following this, a gentle attempt was made to retrieve the stent with the help of an ureteroscopic grasper. In some cases the stent was grasped by a hemostat clamp out of the urethral meatus with a gentle traction to facilitate lithotripsy in the ureter and even in the kidney. Finally, a ureteric catheter was placed adjacent to the stent for injection of radio-contrast material to delineate the renal pelvis and the calyces. Then in the same session or later in another session the patient was placed in the prone position and PCNL of the upper coil of the encrusted stent along with calculus was done and the stent was removed. In 5 out of seven patients, the initial indication for stent placement was for urinary stone disease after open nephrolithotomy and pyeloplasty in other centers and in two patients after TUL. All patients underwent the procedure (s) under spinal anesthesia and all received antibiotics in preoperative period. The only available source of energy in our center was pneumatic lithotripsy. Multiple endourological approaches or even open surgery are needed because of encrustations and the associated stone burden that may involve bladder, ureter and kidney. This may require single or multiple endourological sessions or rarely open surgical removal of the encrusted stents. Although, endourological management of these stents achieves success in majority of the cases with minimal complications, the best treatment that remains is prevention of this complication and to achieve this important point designing a recall system is suggested.Nephro-urology monthly. 01/2012; 4(4):633-5.